Canberra’s sporting bonanza

The CBRbound clan likes a bit of sport – we’ve trekked across Europe to see the World Equestrian Games, had season tickets for our favourite football teams, seen the royals play polo, and even been to Wimbledon on men’s semi-finals day, to say nothing of all the sporting activities that the kids actually participated in. But nothing quite prepared us for the feast of sporting activity that is on offer in and around Canberra this southern summer.
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Australia’s dominant religion: cricket

When I was growing up in England, cricket had a much greater presence in the consciousness of the general public. As I recall, football and cricket were held in relatively equal thrall and were largely confined to their seasons of summer and winter, only overlapping for a few weeks at either end. Indeed, some players even played both games – Ian Botham included.

Since then, the behemoth that is football has sucked up nearly all the media attention in England such that, outside of the Ashes and the world cup, cricket has become very much the poor relation in the nation’s sporting line-up.
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Fireworks above a house.

Sharing our tale with Canberra’s story-tellers

For nearly two years before we arrived in Canberra, I had the internet radio in our kitchen in Denmark tuned to one of Canberra’s local radio stations – 666 ABC Canberra.

My logic was, if you really want to find out about a city’s good and bad points, there’s no better barometer of that than the calls people make to local phone-in shows.

This week, largely thanks to this blog, I was invited to appear as a guest on one of my favourite shows, Mornings with Genevieve Jacobs.

Mark standing outside 666 ABC Canberra's studios.

Mark, the face behind CBRbound, just after being interviewed on local radio about what makes Canberra a great place to live.

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The beady eye of a T-Rex.

Canberra, land of the dinosaurs

The brilliant thing about living in Canberra is that there are so many things to do. The bad thing about living in Canberra is that the kids know that there are so many things to do.

Entrance sign to the National Dinosaur Museum.

Canberra’s National Dinosaur Museum has been on the kids’ wish list since we arrived.

Since we arrived, five weeks ago, mini-CBRbound and maxi-CBRbound have taken every opportunity to let us know that a visit to the National Dinosaur Museum was high on their wish list. So, mildly encouraged by vouchers offering free entry for children accompanied by an adult, we finally gave in and headed back in time a few million years.
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Close-up of a snake.

Luck and Gungahlin’s local delights

Luck is a major determinant of your fortunes when you decide to choose a neighbourhood and a home from 15,000 kilometres away, and I’m happy to report that ‘the lucky country’ has so far blessed us with a fair amount of fortune.

A mere month ago, Gungahlin seemed an exotic name for an outer suburb of a city we’d researched but didn’t know too much about. We reasoned that, given Canberra’s reputation for being easy to get around, even if Gungahlin turned out to be as dull as an Eskimo’s diet, there would be plenty of other options within easy reach. Continue reading

The lifeline of social media

I’ll admit to being a relative newbie to social media. I’ve been on Facebook for a few years and I’ve got a rarely-checked Linked-In profile, but the world of tweets, blogs and other stuff remained a relatively closed book to me until a few months ago.

That’s when I decided to blog about our move down under. Partly as a way of keeping friends and relatives in touch with our news, but also as a way of documenting and offering tips for other people in a similar situation – when I had searched for a blog or website on the personal experience of moving to Canberra, I couldn’t find one, so I decided to write one myself. Continue reading